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The Best Ian Holm Movies  

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List of the best Ian Holm movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ian Holm's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ian Holm movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ian Holm movies will be at the top of the list. Ian Holm has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ian Holm movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ian Holm films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ian Holm role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ian Holm performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items here include everything from Alice Through the Looking Glass to Loch Ness.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ian Holm movies?" and "What are the greatest Ian Holm roles of all time?"

Ian Holm is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson. Movie fans who love Ian Holm have also been known to enjoy films starring John Rhys-Davies and Tom Wilkinson.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more

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#77 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing 50 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Alienlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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#6 of 59 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In January 2020 #72 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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#16 of 599 The Best Animated Films Ever #164 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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#75 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time #31 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more

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#189 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #21 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett
The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It ...more

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#349 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #22 of 85 The Best Movies Based on Playslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm
Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more

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#124 of 258 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #201 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #401 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies

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Anthony Perkins, Ian Holm, John Gielgud
Les Misérables is a 1978 British television film based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The film was written by John Gay, produced by Lew Grade, and directed by Glenn Jordan. ...more
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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman
The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Close
Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn ...more

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#34 of 85 The Best Movies Based on Plays #50 of 59 The Best Ghost Movies of All Time, Ranked #151 of 211 The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Richard Harris
Robin and Marian is a 1976 British-American romantic adventure period film directed by Richard Lester and written by James Goldman, based on the legend of Robin Hood. It stars Sean Connery as ...more

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#248 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time #236 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #84 of 198 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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#57 of 86 The 35+ Greatest Dystopian Action Movies #8 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #56 of 160 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

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Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane
From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper

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#442 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #642 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #131 of 164 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

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Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench
Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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#254 of 383 The Best War Movies Ever #454 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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#231 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #192 of 575 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #432 of 997 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, Anne Bancroft
Young Winston is a 1972 British film based on the early years of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film was based on the book My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill. ...more
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Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Ian Holm
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587) was queen regnant of Scotland and queen consort of France. Mary, Queen of Scots may also refer to:

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Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm
Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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#15 of 50 50 Movies That Contained Future Stars #86 of 107 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time #58 of 319 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more

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#250 of 582 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time #138 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter
A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 American-British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm and ...more

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#270 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #439 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #686 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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King Lear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
King Lear Ian Holm, Victoria Hamilton, Timothy West
King Lear is a TV movie written and directed by Richard Eyre, based on the play by William Shakespeare.
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Laurence Olivier, Brian Cox, Ian Holm
Nicholas and Alexandra is a 1971 biographical film which partly tells the story of the last ruling Russian monarch, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. The film was ...more
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The Hobbit: The Desolati... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ian Holm Movies
Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more

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#300 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #29 of 180 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made #91 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film was highly acclaimed upon its release ...more

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#205 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #543 of 569 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #625 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh. The picture was produced on a budget of $45 million and is ...more

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